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Deserving veteran gets a big gift

Posted at 3:33 PM, Jul 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-27 18:43:39-04

Chad is an Air Force veteran. He served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He moved to South Florida eight months ago so he could be closer to his family as he raises his two kids.

Two weeks ago someone stole his car. Deputies found it but the car had been totaled.

"I didn't know how I was going to be able to get to work and didn't know what I was going to do, trying to deal with it all seemed like a lot."

But he has wheels again, thanks to the Wounded Veterans Relief Fund which gave him a gently-used BMW.

"I wasn't expecting someone to donate me a new vehicle during my time of hardship you know," Chad said.

The Wounded Veterans Relief Fund isn't able to give away cars very often, so the donation was special.

"The first instinct is to get him that help to alleviate stressors," said Wounded Veterans Relief Fund
Executive Director Mike Durkee.

A couple of snowbirds from Michigan donated the car. Their one message to the Wounded Veterans Relief Fund was to give it to a deserving vet.

Things are looking up for Chad. Besides a new ride he has a new job. "This is truly a blessing in my life; I'm very fortunate," he said.

He can now drive in style and enjoy the Florida sunshine with the top down.